Analysis Of On Avery Island

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In the year 1996, Jeff Mangum and his band Neutral Milk Hotel released their debut LP, titled On Avery Island. Initially, the album was all but ignored by the music community, coming from such a small start-up band. Only after the release and success of the band’s second LP, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, did On Avery Island receive much more attention than a glance. Often overshadowed by its more popular sibling, On Avery Island is a wonderful album in its own right. Jeff himself has stated that he prefers it to Aeroplane, having spent much more time emotionally invested in its creation. Jeff wrote the songs for this album over a 9 year period from 1987 to 1996. The song “Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone” was written on the back of a cigarette pack

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